- Published in 2014 by Tor Books
- Format: Physical Book
- Reading Time: 5 disappointing days
- Time to branch out a bit. I could have read another Wayward Children book and, don’t get me wrong, I really want to but I also want to read more widely which is why I took up all these reading challenges in the first place. So, I went with another of Annemieke’s recommendations for this one.
- In at the deep end, quite literally. So much so that it’s rather disorientating and it worked against the story. We needed a lot of info dumps just to catch back up and it could have done with starting the book a little earlier.
- Rubbed up the wrong way by the main character. There was too much babbling and, again, the book had to rely on this to deliver the info dumps it needed to develop her character. She didn’t really make much of an impression on me other than annoyed by her verbal diarrhoea. The author did try to develop her character but ended up doing more telling than showing and so didn’t convince me. It’s a shame because she had a very interesting story in theory – a young woman kept away from the truth of her biological family who goes to discover the truth and gets in way over her head. In better hands and with a more relatable character, this could have been an excellent adventure.
- Escalating romance quickly! That romance went from hello to bedroom within a few chapters! I’m actually quite grateful for no messing around but also a bit bemused. Especially since the lover disappears completely after that. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a romance so rushed.
- So, I can tell this was written for adults because there is far too much details on the boring practicalities like maxing out a credit card for diving equipment. As a result, the pacing was really inconsistent and it could go from a hundred mile an hour action over a few pages to a snail’s pace for chapters and chapters so it really failed to hold my interest.
- Okay, I’ll admit the world of Stormwrack is very interesting. The world building on the magic was decent too with an emphasis on the classic trope of names holding power. I can tell it’s complex with varied and dangerous politics in every nation too but it didn’t leave them much of an impression on me. Mostly because I had Sophie as my lens to it.
- Moved through a trial to a rather disappointing anticlimax. On some level, it was funny but, overall, it just left me cold.
- Ending with not enough action to suggest that, yep, this was just a vehicle to the sequel and we were just being introduced to the world rather than given a full story. Not good. I have absolutely no interest in continuing the series on that principle and on the fact that I don’t want to spend any more time with Sophie than I have to.
Goodreads Rating: ⭐️⭐️
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